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Posted on October 18, 2017

New Bastrop County “Resort” Serves Barbecue…with a side of nightmares!

If you’re a thriller movie fan, chances are you’ve heard of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, a 1974 horror film. In the opening scene, a group of teens pull up to the Last Chance Gas Station to ask for directions. For what happened after that, well, you’ll have to see the movie. That very same infamous gas station is located right here in Bastrop County, at 1073 Highway 304 about three miles outside of Bastrop. Just look for the sign that reads, “We Slaughter Barbecue.” But never fear, despite the horror theme, it is a safe and fun place to visit and for all ages.

Stop by for lunch to or stay the night at The Gas Station, the site of a scene in the 1974 film, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Gunnar Milton Hansen was an Icelandic-born American actor and author best known for playing the mentally impaired cannibal Leatherface in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974).

Owners are Roy Rose and Ari Lehman, the actor who played Jason in the original Friday the 13th. Though this property has been renovated, it hasn’t really changed all that much, with care given to leave certain remnants of the movie behind. There are two dining tables inside and an array of picnic tables outside for when the weather is nice. Patrons can enjoy delicious barbecue and, at times, live music. The restaurant also doubles as a shop, featuring memorabilia for show and for sale. Like stepping into a time machine, the shop takes you back to the 1960s, with an incredible collection of museum of cult classics and characters packaged neatly and ready to go home with you. Barnabas Collins, Chucky, Jason and even a Living Dead doll are all in attendance.

Whatever you collect, you’re sure to find it here.

Four pristine cabins are just steps away from the gazebo.

Behind the shop/restaurant is a very large gazebo adjacent to a modern outhouse. Just beyond the gazebo are cabins, rentable by the bravest souls wanting to extend their stay.

Hayli Wilson is a great hostess and will allow you to roam the property. When asked the name of the quiet man seen intensely focused on repairing a chainsaw, she said, “Oh, that’s Ben Hughes. He’s the cook.”

Ben Hughes warming up the chainsaw.

If you are a fan of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre make sue you head around the back.

Is this THE van? Surely not. 1972 Ford Econoline Club Wagon Custom, 302 V8, color: Mill Valley Green